Wireless Radiation | David O. Carpenter, MD

Nov 01, 2023

Dr. David O. Carpenter is a public health physician whose research areas of interest include electromagnetic fields (EMFs), other environmental contaminants (like PCBs), and their effect on human health.

[00:00] EMFs and human health with leading scientist Dr. David O. Carpenter.

  • Dr. David O. Carpenter discusses EMFs and environmental contaminants' impact on human health.

[02:17] Cell phone radiation health effects and FCC standards.

  • Plaintiff demands FCC review evidence of health effects from radiofrequency radiation despite ignoring it for years.
  • Dr. David O. Carpenter: FCC, WHO ignore latest science on EMF health risks despite court order.
  • Data shows long-term cell phone use increases risk of brain cancer.

[09:44] Cell phone radiation risks and electro hypersensitivity.

  • Dr. David O. Carpenter warns of cancer risk from cell phone use, particularly in sensitive areas like the brain and testicles.
  • Dr. David O. Carpenter discusses electro hypersensitivity, a syndrome caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields, including headaches and fatigue.
  • Children are equally vulnerable to electrohypersensitivity as adults, with evidence of symptoms developing in schools near strong EMF sources.

[16:43] EMFs and health effects, including cancer and brain function.

  • Electrohypersensitivity is a real syndrome with strong scientific evidence, but other health effects from EMFs are less studied and inconclusive.
  • Leukemia risk increases near Vatican Radio transmitters, study finds.
  • Exposure to radiofrequency fields can transiently break down the blood-brain barrier in animals, with unknown effects in humans.

[25:30] EMF effects on human health, including DNA damage and birth defects.

  • Dr. David O. Carpenter: Broken blood-brain barrier can lead to long-term effects, even after exposure ends.
  • EMFs generate reactive oxygen species, damaging DNA indirectly through free radicals.
  • DNA damage from radiofrequency fields demonstrated in rodent studies.

[31:41] Cell phone radiation and health risks.

  • Expectation of increased cancer and birth defects due to DNA damage from cell phone use, with weak evidence for breast cancer risk.
  • Dr. David O. Carpenter discusses rise in radiofrequency fields exposure, potential link to miscarriage.
  • Dr. David O. Carpenter suggests EMFs may affect vaccine efficacy by suppressing immune system.

[38:21] EMF dangers and litigation threats.

  • Expert warns of potential harm from electric blankets during pregnancy.
  • Monsanto threatened legal action against expert witness multiple times, causing university to restrict activities.
  • Dr. David O. Carpenter discusses experiences with bullying and litigation related to EMF issues, with a focus on making "good trouble" and continuing to advocate for non-toxic living.


While brain cancer is the best documented cancer... 


Very strong evidence

  • Brain cancer: one of the best documented cancers from cell phone radiation
  • Electrohypersensitivity 
  • Havana Syndrome
  • Children's symptoms in school: "very clear evidence that children are equally as vulnerable"
  • Male infertility

Evidence is not strong

  • Alzheimer's Disease: not convinced evidence is conclusive
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: not convinced evidence is conclusive

Evidence is relatively convincing

  • Weakened blood-brain barrier

Early life exposure


Reproductive health

  • Anything that causes birth defects will cause birth defects, which result from DNA damage in eggs and/or sperm
  •  Evidence that magnetic fields cause DNA damage is probably stronger than for RF

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